Here comes the summer, and with it that friend we all know, the flea
Once again there are new products on the shelf to help control this and other parasites, including ticks and worms, so without further ado let’s just review them for you.
Worms are divided basically into roundworms and tapeworms
Simplistically, the roundworms are a lot easier to kill than tapes, and are more of a problem in young dogs. Tapes are hard to kill, and can be found in any dog that has fleas.
Worm puppies every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old, then every 3 months. Because of the risk of sheep measles, if you have sheep around, you must worm dogs every month with a tapewormer (just like in the old hydatid programme).
• Multiwormer every 3 months (Endoguard® or Drontal® Plus)
• Tapewormer every month between, in sheep areas (either use multiwormer again or just Wormicide® Tape)
Clean up dog faeces whenever you can;
Roundworm larvae passed in the faeces of an infested dog take 4 days to become active and therefore infective to another dog. If the faeces are removed within those 4 days, the larvae are removed before they are capable of infesting another dog.
Faeces management is another benefit of changing over to super Premium foods such as Eukanuba® Premium Performance or Royal Canin® 4800 Working Dog Diet, since these diets produce 80% less faeces than traditional diets. Makes for a lot less cleaning up!
Tackle sheep measles head on!
Are any of you farming sheep seeing problems with sheep measles reported back from the abattoir? Sheep measles causes unpleasant lesions in muscle which can lead to rejection of the whole carcass. The incidence of carcass rejection appears to be on the rise, and this is of obvious concern.
The previous compulsory control measures set up to eradicate hydatids became voluntary in 1993 when passage of the Biosecurity Act lead to the demise of the Hydatids Act. High standards of compliance with the voluntary control practices has kept sheep measles under control, but more recently there are signs of slippage in the level of compliance.
Ovis Management Ltd is charged with encouraging farmers to continue using control measures and with monitoring the presence of sheep measles in slaughtered stock. Ovis has set up a detailed management plan for controlling and preventing sheep measles on the farm. Franklin Vets strongly supports this programme and can provide suitable worming treatments for your working dogs. Please talk to your vet or sales rep about this plan and see what we can do to help you.
For the treatment of ALL tapeworms in dogs including the ‘Sheep Measles’ Tapeworm
The higher Praziquantel concentration per pill enables easy dosing for farm dogs
To prevent Sheep measles
• Freeze sheep meat before feeding it to
dogs. It is recommended that the meat
should be frozen for at least seven days
• All dogs visiting rural properties must be
appropriately treated before entering the
“If dogs are near sheep pasture regularly, they should be dosed monthly with praziquantal tablets”